May 16, 2018 — 12:00

TBT Spotlight: Virginia Rieck Warren

By Grace Maselli

Virginia Rieck Warren says this about the time bank concept: “I think it’s a totally helpful thing.”

Time banking—an exchange system where the currency is time or the “person-hour,” spreads value equally across all tasks provided and received, whether that means an hour spent cleaning a garage, or 60 minutes devoted to poring over numbers, actuarial-style.

“I feel like you need balancing forces in the world,” says 30-year-old Virginia, a full-time Safety Harbor, FL. resident since April 2017, and a member of TBT since August 2017. Some of that balance can come in the form of the time bank’s quid pro quo time-and-task exchange. “There’s a lot of energy directed toward our capitalistic system, which is fine,” Virginia notes, but it’s also nice to have a counterweight, she believes. “Capitalism doesn’t always value all the important work people do. I believe time banks channel and honor this importance.” (continue reading here).

Read past TBT Member Spotlight stories here.

TBT Members making exchanges and
getting together at our 1st Monday monthly meetings


Tampa Bay Time Bank – The Basics

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Tampa Bay Time Bank – a community skills exchange

Tampa Bay Time Bank is a community skills exchange, also known as a “time bank.” Time banking is a way to exchange services as a complement to the cash economy. In Tampa Bay Time Bank we trade skills gained from work, education, life experience, hobbies, and volunteering, while making friends and building community. Time banking is egalitarian. All activities are valued, and all activities are valued equally. One hour equals one hour. Each hour of work is equal to every other, regardless of the activity. We earn credit by doing something for another member, then we can use the credit by having any other member do something for us. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (Member Handbook) to learn more about how Tampa Bay Time Bank works.

Everyone can participate in the time bank

Everyone is welcome and anyone willing to maintain a high level of trust is invited to join the community. Everyone has something to offer and everyone has needs. By participating, each member contributes to creating a resilient and sustainable community. Tampa Bay Time has members throughout the Tampa Bay area. For more information, for help with your application or using the online system, or if you want to get more involved with the time bank, please contact a coordinator@tampabaytime.org. Tampa Bay Time Bank Email: coordinator@tampabaytime.org